Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Hyundai SONATA VS 2013 Acura TSX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Hyundai SONATA

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2013 Acura TSX

Safety Comparison

The Sonata has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The TSX doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Sonata and the TSX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Sonata comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The TSX’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Sonata 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Acura covers the TSX. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the TSX ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Sonata’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the TSX’s (7 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sonata’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sonata has a standard 600-amp battery. The TSX’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 11th.

Engine Comparison

The Sonata has more powerful engines than the TSX:


Sonata GLS/Limited 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

184 lbs.-ft.

Sonata SE 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

186 lbs.-ft.

Sonata SE/Limited 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

269 lbs.-ft.

TSX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

170 lbs.-ft.

TSX Sedan 3.5 SOHC V6

254 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Sonata GLS/Limited 2.4 4 cyl. is faster than the Acura TSX 4 cyl. (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

8.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.2 MPH

86.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sonata gets better fuel mileage than the TSX Sedan:



4 cyl./Auto

24 city/35 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

4 cyl.

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/34 hwy

19 city/28 hwy


To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Sonata uses regular unleaded gasoline. The TSX requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sonata stops much shorter than the TSX:



80 to 0 MPH

231 feet

240 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sonata’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the TSX (110 inches vs. 106.5 inches).

The Sonata SE goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.1 MPH faster than the TSX Sedan (65.9 vs. 63.8 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the Sonata’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the TSX 4 cyl.’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet). The Sonata’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the TSX Sedan V6’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.2 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Hyundai Sonata may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Acura TSX.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Sonata SE is quieter than the TSX Sedan:



At idle

38 dB

38 dB


70 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Sonata is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the TSX Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Sonata has 9.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TSX Sedan (103.8 vs. 94.5).

The Sonata has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the TSX Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sonata has a much larger trunk than the TSX Sedan (16.4 vs. 14 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Sonata easier. The Sonata’s trunk lift-over height is 25.1 inches, while the TSX’s liftover is 26.3 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Sonata disables the starter while the engine is running. The TSX’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

Proximity entry with push-button start standard on the Sonata SE/Limited allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Acura TSX doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

Consumer Reports rated the Sonata’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the TSX’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sonata has standard extendable sun visors. The TSX doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Sonata and the TSX offer available heated front seats. The Sonata Limited also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the TSX.

Standard Blue Link for the Sonata allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The TSX doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Sonata owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sonata will cost $355 to $1052 less than the TSX over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sonata is less expensive to operate than the TSX because typical repairs cost much less on the Sonata than the TSX, including $294 less for an alternator, $28 less for front brake pads, $239 less for a starter, $221 less for a fuel pump, $12 less for front struts and $349 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Sonata will be $5004 to $7772 less than for the Acura TSX.

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